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bug#5564: 23.1.92; blink-cursor-mode

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#5564: 23.1.92; blink-cursor-mode
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:28:36 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.92 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> However would you agree with the following principle? If the cursor type
> is a thin vertical line, it should blink; if it is a huge block, it is
> redundant (annoying) to blink. I checked a few applications such as
> firefox, gedit, kate and openoffice3 and this seems to be the case

I agree that blinking cursors are annoying, but I think it's unlikely
that the default will be changed, because it seems most users expect the
cursor should blink in a graphical application.  OTOH, in most graphical
applications that have the blinking cursor, the default cursor type is
a thin vertical bar.

> although I noted that gvim has blinking block cursor with higher
> blinking frequency than emacs.

AFAICS, gvim has the block cursor only in command mode. In editing mode
it is the standard bar cursor like in other applications.  (And in
overwrite mode, the cursor is a horizontal underline hbar.)

In Emacs this would roughly correspond to the block cursor displayed
in view (read-only) mode, and the bar cursor while editing.

> So how about turn the blinking off for Emacs 23.2?

It's very easy to turn the blinking off for users who hate it.
I'd rather suggest to change the default cursor type.

Juri Linkov

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